Class Notes From Summer 2010

June 21, 2010


Shirley Stiles Austin, BA '48, is a retired teacher of music and drama. She taught for 40 years in all levels from grade school to university. Shirley has played in four symphony orchestras, "all thanks to wonderful training at Baylor!! Teaching drama and music was exciting!"
Weldon Hicks, BBA '48, found his name on a plaque in the UDT-Navy Seal Museum, Ft. Pierce, Fla. He volunteered for underwater demolition team training on graduation from Midshipmen's School, Columbia University, N.Y. Weldon worked at two other places that are now museums: Swifts Packing House, Ft. Worth North Side, and after returning to Baylor from the Navy, he worked part time at the old Dr Pepper Bottling Plant in Waco.


Dick G. Ellis, BS '49, MD '52, recently completed a book about the history of W.I. Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth from 1965 to 1980. Ellis is the only Texas pediatric surgeon to be president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the first of only two Texans to be chairman of the surgical section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Robert Flynn, BA '54, MA '56, will receive a Spur Award for best long novel of 2009 from the Western Writers of America at their annual conference in Knoxville, Tenn., for his eighth novel, Echoes of Glory. This is his second Spur Award, as an earlier novel, Wanderer Springs, received the same award. Contact at


Dr. Raymond Carver, BM '55, recently was named by the Salado Chamber of Commerce as "Citizen of the Year 2009" for development and support of the fine arts. At 77 years old, in retirement, Carver has written plays produced off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, in Hollywood at Charlie Chaplin's Cast Theatre, and in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theatre. A graduate of the Yale Drama School as well as Baylor, he continues writing and adapting plays for the Living Room Theatre of Salado.


Barry Robinson, BA '57, has completed 53 years as a Presbyterian minister, serving churches in Tennessee, Texas, Kansas and Missouri. His wife, Carolyn Glass, BA '58, is a retired teacher. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. They have lived in Lawson, Mo., outside of Kansas City for 28 years. Since retirement, Barry has served as interim minister for seven churches. "We stood by Judge Baylor in Janurary 2010, where we first met. We both appreciate our years at Baylor."


David Baucom, BBA '60, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to a six-year term on the Texas Medical Board. Contact at 122 Main St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 or

Charles Oldham, JD '60, celebrated his 50th anniversary of becoming an attorney in April. Since 1975, he has headed the trial law firm of Oldham & Associates in Wichita Falls, Texas. He says he hopes to have another 10 or 12 years of practicing law ahead.


Avery Grenfell Church, BA '62, has had biographical information published about him this decade in the International Who's Who in Poetry, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. His greatest joys, however come from helping people through gifts for cleft surgeries, cataract surgeries, dental and medical supplies, clothing and food, farm animals, school supplies, education, and work as a volunteer. Contact at 2749 Park Oak Drive, Clemmons, NC 27012.

Gene Garman, BA '62, has written The Religion Commandments in the Constitution: A Primer, a textbook for understanding the three religion commandments in the Constitution for the United States of America. He argues that religious liberty is in the most danger when the national Congress and state legislatures are in session.


James K. Varner, BA '63, retired from the Texas Methodist Foundation in Austin as vice president of stewardship services in December 2007. Varner immediately enrolled in the doctor of ministry program at SMU's Perkins School of Theology. He completed his studies and project/thesis, The Worship Offering for Twenty-First Cenury Christians in a Cashless Culture, in Spring 2010. He received the doctor of ministry diploma and hood at graduation, May 15, 2010. He is now re-writing the thesis for publication.


Connie Mack Clark, BA '64, retired after 44 years in the financial services industry. She will remain in Charlotte, N.C., where she has lived since 1996. Contact at 10314 Riesling Court, Charlotte, NC 28277 or


Betty Breckenridge, BA '66, returned to Baylor as a visiting lecturer in industrial psychology in 2009. She is now retired and lives in Waco. Contact at 5234 Lake Shore Drive, Waco, TX 76710, (254) 399-7082 or


Bob Osborne, BBA '68, has moved his office to District 1, Ho Chi Minh City from Tianjin, China. He is general manager for Akzonobel for South Vietnam and North China. Contact at 2964 Sparrow Dr., Fullerton, CA 92835.


Dr. Martha Bradshaw, BSN '70, and co-author Arlene Lowenstein provides nursing educators and other health care professionals with the latest, proven teaching strategies in Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions, Fifth Edition. Newly revised and updated, this edition offers how-to strategies for incorporating the burgeoning field of technology into the classroom. Featuring innovative teaching techniques for various learning environments and real world illustrations of the strategies in use, this book goes beyond theory to offer practical application principles.

David M. Holley, BA '70, offers a fresh interpretation of the impetus behind spirituality and personal faith in his book, What it Means to Believe in God. He challenges the widespread assumption that we should treat God's existence as a theoretical hypothesis that can be considered at arm's length. Such an approach, he claims, distorts the issue and shields us from the intensely personal considerations involved either in accepting or rejecting this kind of belief. Holley is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Thomas Currey, BMEd '72, is currently serving as 2009-10 President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). NAIFA is the oldest and largest agent and advisor organization, providing legislative and regulatory advocacy and professional development opportunities for more than 53,000 members in all 50 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. Tom is a 31-year veteran of the financial services business and owner of TDC Financial Services. He performs regularly as a free-lance trombonist in the DFW area. He and Charlotte have been married 37 years. Charlotte is a third grade teacher in Dallas ISD. They have four grown sons, two daughters-in-law and one grandson. Contact at


D'Layne Fargason, BA '74, is proud of her son, Mark, serving in Afghanistan since April. Assigned to the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, he is an AH-64 Apache gunship helicopter pilot and was a part of the push into the city of Marjah in southern Afghanistan. His unit was the first of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade to participate and engage Taliban fighters.


Kathy L. Taylor, BSED '75, retired from teaching in May. She lives in Artesia, N.M., and helps care for her father. She would love to hear from old friends and roommates, including Debbie Reynolds, Martha Springfield and Caron Ireland. Contact at


Thomas Bradley "Brad" Cates, BBA '77, JD '80, has been elected judge of the McLennan County Court at Law #2. After almost 30 years in the practice of law in the Waco area, he will take the bench in January 2011. Brad is married to Linda Bates Cates, BA '77, JD '80, who serves as director of the Baylor University Office of Academic Integrity and is the current President of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association. Brad and Linda have two daughters: Angie, BBA '06, who lives in Houston, and Ally, BBA '08, who lives in Dallas.


Amy S. Mings, BME '80, married Johnny Mings on Sept. 6, 2008. She is currently a homemaker and works in Sheldon ISD as a reading interventionist for first and second graders. Contact at 7903 Wanda Lane, Houston, TX 77044 or
Jean Stuntz, JD '80, is President of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, a scholarly organization of over 100,000 members worldwide.


Matthew Dow, BA '81, has been named managing partner of Jackson Walker's Austin office. As managing partner, Dow will serve as a member of the firm's management committee and will oversee and manage the operations of the Austin office. Dow will maintain his practice as a civil trial lawyer with a wide range of experience throughout Texas. Over his 25 years of practicing trial law, Dow has tried more than 30 cases, with more than half of those being first chair jury trials. He has extensive trial experience in federal and state courts representing companies in trade secret, covenant not to compete, discrimination, business tort, and class action cases. He has also argued before several Texas appellate courts and the Texas Supreme Court. Dow is a member and vice chairman of the Capital Area Food Bank's board of directors, an Austin council member of the Baylor Alumni Association, and a graduate of Leadership Austin. He is also an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Contact at

Rikki O. Jones, BA '81, JD '84, after 20 years with JP, Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., is relocating to the Chicago office with her husband, Mike. Her new title is executive director and assistant general counsel. Contact at 10 South Dearborn St. 6th FL, IL-0286, Chicago, IL 60603 or

Dr. Brian McCall, BA '81, was named chancellor of the Texas State University System, leading the 99-year-old system that includes institutions such as Lamar University, Sam Houston State and Texas State-San Marcos. McCall had previously served as president of the Dallas-based Westminster Capital Corporation since 2000 and in the Texas House of Representatives since 1991. He followed his bachelor's in political science at Baylor with a master's degree from SMU and a doctorate from UT-Dallas.


Blake L. Beckham, BBA '83, JD '86, announced in February a new partnership with nationally-known class action lawyer Roger L. Mandel. Their new Dallas firm, Beckham & Mandel, offers the very best in both business trial and plaintiff's class action representation, a combination they say is found in few, if any, other firms. Beckham has led The Beckham Group since 1994, establishing a successful record in commercial litigation. Beckham has never lost a jury trial. He has been annually named a Texas Super Lawyer (in the Business Litigation category) since 2005.


Dr. Peter Doolittle, MSED '84, received the Alumni Award for Teaching from the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. Doolittle is an associate professor of education at Virginia Tech and director of the university's Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research. He earned his bachelor's degree at SMU, his master's from Baylor and his doctorate from The Catholic University of America and has taught at Virginia Tech since 1997.


Kelly Malone, BA '85, has recently published his second book, The Sword of the Spirit: How God's Word Changes Lives, by Missional Press. He is assistant professor of intercultural studies and holds the Jack Stanton Chair of Evangelism at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., where he lives with his wife, Molly, and two children, Maggie and Kevin. Contact at

Lt. Col. Richard "Rick" Sloop, BS '85, returned from Afghanistan in February. He led a team of super professionals from all services to build up the base camps for 30,000 Marines and soldiers in southern Afghanistan.


John Schieffelin, BSED '86, of Barrington, R.I., was among 34 Rhode Island Department of Corrections employees from all three of the department's divisions and eight "Friends of the Department" recognized for their outstanding contributions during 2009 at the department's Annual Employee Awards Ceremony on, Feb. 24, 2010. Schieffelin was the recipient of the 2009 John J. Moran Award, which recognizes employee excellence in the Division of Rehabilitative Services. Assistant Director of Rehabilitative Services Roberta Richman presented the award, describing Schieffelin as "a dynamic teacher who makes the classroom a great place to be and who always puts in the extra effort that defines a quality education." Scheiffelin has had a 14-year career with the State of Rhode Island.

Glen Eichelberger, BBA '86, MBA '87, joined Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. as a partner from Merrill Lynch, where he served as the head of the Family Office Services, a division of Merrill Lynch's Private Banking and Investment Group. Eichelberger joins Fulbright's tax practice group where his practice will focus on trusts and estates matters. With almost 20 years of experience, Eichelberger's practice is dedicated exclusively to wealth transfer planning. He focuses on complex estate and philanthropic planning for clients of substantial wealth. Eichelberger also has experience educating clients on available estate planning options and techniques, overseeing the implementation of client estate plans and managing the ongoing administration of all aspects of such plans. Additionally, he has a solid background in overall risk management and insurance planning, family business entity consulting, philanthropic planning and administration.


Greg Luken, BA '87, recently finalized the adoption of the newest member of his family, Baily, who is five years old. Contact at


Deborah Carson, BBA '88, has joined the "Stephen A. Smith Show" on weekday mornings on Fox Sports Radio. Carson joins Smith as they tackle sports and news headlines, current events and controversial topics of the day. Carson also anchors the National Sports Reports during FSR's "The Dan Patrick Show." Prior to her move to the morning drive, Deb was a staple of the network's weekend game-time coverage. And before joining FSR in 2006, Carson had made a name for herself as a television host, anchor and reporter. She has also appeared in numerous TV shows and feature films. Carson is proud to trace her broadcasting career back to her Baylor days, getting her first on-air experience as the first-ever female member of Baylor's baseball broadcast crew.


Brad Carson, BA '89, was honored as a distinguished alumnus by the Jenks [Oklahoma] Public Schools Foundation in May. A graduate of Jenks High School, Carson went on to Baylor where he graduated with honors and was elected a Rhodes Scholar. He went on to earn his master's degree from Oxford and a law degree from Oklahoma. After four years as a U.S. Representative, Carson has worked as a fellow at Harvard's Kenney School of Government and as CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC, and now serves as director of the National Energy Policy Institute at the University of Tulsa.


Dr. John W. Wyckoff, PhD '90, has been a professor at Southwestern Assemblies of God University for over 35 years and currently serves as graduate chair of theological studies. In January 2010, a Festschrift entitled Trajectories in the Book of Acts: Essays in Honor of John Wesley Wyckoff was published to honor Wyckoff. On Feb. 11, 2010, Southwestern Assemblies of God University conducted a special Chapel to present the Festschrift to Wyckoff and honor him for his distinguished academic career.


Patrick L. "Pat" Crump, BBA '91, MS '93, president of Baptist Memorials Ministries, has been named vice president of operations for Dallas-based Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. The move is part of an ongoing integration of the work and operations of the two retirement services ministries, which affiliated Jan. 1. The move will become effective Aug. 1. Crump also will retain his title and role as president of Baptist Memorials and continue to work directly with the BMM board. Crump has served as president of Baptist Memorials since 2005.

Mary Bess Dalton, BBA '91, is currently serving as the 2010 president of the Arlington [Texas] Area Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at Baylor. "It is so amazing to have so many Baylor alumnae in our group! Sic 'em Bears and Theta for a lifetime!" Contact at 904 Amanda Drive, Mansfield, TX 76063 or


Perry E. Brown, MBA '92, has been named managing director, Wealth Advisory Services, Northern Trust, Southeast Region. Brown and his wife, Troy, live in West Palm Beach, Fla. Contact at (561) 803-7509 or

Sandra D. Harvey, BA '92, MA '95, graduated with her doctorate in history from Texas Tech University in December. Her dissertation is entitled "Working for Change: Wage-earning Women in Waco, Texas Defense Industries in World War II." "Graduation day was exciting, and I enjoyed sharing it with my family: Rob Coyle (my husband) and our three children: Matthew (7 years), Annika (3 years) and Jack (1 year)," she says. Harvey is a history professor at Lone Star College-CyFair in Cypress, Texas.


Saad Ehtisham, BS '93, was named CEO for University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn. He had previously served as senior vice president for clinical operations and chief nursing officer of Via Christi Wichita Health Network in Kansas. His extensive community involvement includes work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Way and Haven House (a shelter for battered women).

Matt Mladenka, BBA '93, has recently launched Addison, Texas-based eDeck, Inc. (, which sells hardwood decking and accessories direct to contractors and homeowners nationwide. "I'm really putting Dr. Petty's entrepreneurial finance class to good use!" Contact at

Dr. Marc Tribble, BA '93, was recently honored for the third consecutive year in D Magazine's 2009 List of "Best Doctors in Dallas." Tribble was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and served on the Lariat staff as an undergraduate. He has also organized and participated in medical mission trips to India.


Chad Carlson, BA '95, is a certified financial planner and vice president with Delta Trust Investments. Carlson is completing his second year as chairman of the Consortium of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and was appointed district governor for the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity for Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Carlson recently completed all certification requirements as a Qualified Kingdom Advisor. Carlson and his wife, Amy, have one daughter, Julia Kate. Contact at 203 Chalamont Lane, Little Rock, AR 72223 or

Susan Fambrough, MSED '95, will take over this fall as principal of Steiner Ranch Elementary School in Austin. Fambrough has been in education for 15 years, first as a teacher and later as principal in Pflugerville and Seymore before taking her current position as principal at North Elementary School in Breckenridge, Texas.


The Dallas law firm of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP, announced the addition of attorney Brandon Lee Starling, BA '97, as a construction litigation associate. Starling represents homebuilders, homeowners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. He also assists clients facing civil litigation. Starling was selected to the 2010 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list published in Texas Monthly magazine. Before starting his legal career, he worked as the director of marketing for Regent Entertainment and as a production assistant on the television series "Family Matters" and "Step By Step." Starling earned his law degree in 2005 from SMU and his undergraduate degree at Baylor, cum laude.


Jason Berman, BA '98, MA '01, moved his practice as a licensed psychologist to Plano, Texas, in May, seeing adults, adolescents, couples and groups. Berman received post doctoral training at the Veteran's Administration of San Diego. He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas, conducting research on happiness and psychological strengths. Contact at 2419 Coit Rd, Suite C, Plano, TX 75075 or

Sarah Davis, BA '98, is the Republican nominee for Texas House of Representatives District 134. She is proud to be a Baylor Bear. "Send more Bears to Austin!" she says. Contact at
After a decade in private equity and commercial real estate and following a year-long sabbatical of international backpacking, Peyton Millinor, BBA '98, is parting ways with the corporate world. Influenced by the physical and spiritual needs he encountered abroad, Millinor has been led to join a CAM International team in Honduras, where he will serve as missionary. He will focus on sustaining the churches and communities CAM has established via physical construction and relationship building in and around Siguatepeque. Contact at or

Tonya Ramsey, JD '98, was recently elected into the partnership of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. Ramsey's practice includes all aspects of restructuring and reorganization work, including the representation of debtors, lenders, creditors, landlords and trustees. She has been named a "Texas Rising Star" in Texas Monthly, and as one of "The Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40" in business bankruptcy law in D Magazine.

In her book Faith Postures: Cultivating Christian Mindfulness, Holly R. Sprink, BA '98, MDiv '04, guides readers through a growing awareness of God's desire for relationship and of the emotional and spiritual postures that enable us to learn to be still, to listen, and to be mindful -- not only of ourselves, but of the One outside ourselves. The author loves writing and the adventure of life with her husband, Matt; her daughter, Lucy, who is 4; and her son Simon Mikias, who is almost 2 and was recently adopted from Ethiopia. The Sprink family is at home in Blue Springs, Mo. This is Sprink's first book.


Jenna Finley, BA '00, stars as Kat in the webseries "Life With Kat and McKay" and was lobbied as part of a Best Ensemble Cast nomination at the STREAMY Awards in Los Angeles. "Life with Kat and McKay" joined with four other web series at the "For Your Consideration" screening at Cinespace in Hollywood in February.


Dawn Greathouse, BSED '01, was named second-team keeper on the University Intercholastic League's All-Century Team, compiled by fan voting. A graduate of Allen [Texas] H.S., Greathouse was a three-time All-Big 12 and three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and helped lead Baylor soccer to the school's first Big 12 title in 1998. She has spent the last seven years as an assistant soccer coach at Notre Dame.

Whit Keuer, BBA '01, MACC '01, and his wife, Debbie, are relocating again. After moving from San Francisco to Dallas just 18 months ago, they're packing their bags for Melbourne, Australia. Keuer is being transferred by his employer, Bain & Company.

A book by Patricia Elyse Terrell, PhD '01, Paul's Parallels: Empowering Discernment (London: T & T Clark-Continuum), was published Nov. 30, 2009. Paul's Parallels is the first and only New Testament resource text in tables format presenting Paul's verses in column one, next to a row of parallels, echoes, or like-minded quotes from Old and New Testament resources as well as other extant biblical materials. The passages are cited in full. This master of the epistolary writings gives a verse-by-verse demonstration of Paul's thoughts, his ethic, and his actions that were picked-up by later Christian writers, copied by pseudo-Pauline admirers. It delineates some as distinctively Christian while others remained only in Paul's writing.


Lea Bailes, MBA '02, JD '06, is president of Kansas City-based Guier Fence, one of the most successful fence companies in the nation. Bailes is implementing a fencing franchise strategy, the first of its kind. He expects to have six to 10 locations operating by year-end 2010 and 20 by 2011. Bailes is married to Valerie Guier Bailes, BSFCS '03. Contact at

Robin Renee McGinnis, BA '02, has been accepted into the University of Washington School of Dentistry class of 2014 in Seattle. She was one of eight students selected for the school's Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program, which trains dentists to practice in under-served communities. In March, she completed a second bachelor's degree in biology from Central Washington University.


Courtney Gahm, BBA '03, will graduate with her Juris Doctorate degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in May 2010. She plans to return to Texas to begin her legal career. Contact at

René Guess Kekic, BA '03, married Patrick Kekic, MSED '03, on Nov. 14, 2009. They reside in Waco.

Jay Wieser, BBA '03, was named as one of the 30 Jackson Walker attorneys to be selected in Texas Monthly magazine's "Rising Stars." The award is based on a three-part system that determines the top 2.5 percent of the state's up-and-coming lawyers. Over 65,000 Texas lawyers are surveyed and asked to nominate the best lawyers that they have personally observed in action. When the surveys are in, Texas Monthly conducts independent research of the nominees' credentials. "Rising Stars" are attorneys who are either 40 years old and under or who have been practicing law for 10 or fewer years.


Jessica Benedict, BA '04, has joined Hamilton Pyle & Bowman LLP as an audit manager in Austin. Benedict has been in California for the last two years and is happy to be back in Texas and close to her fellow Baylor alumni. She specializes in audits of not-for-profit, construction and manufacturing organizations. Contact at


Patrick Carvey, MBA '05, married Candis Jones on Dec. 12, 2009. The couple resides in Waco.


Sean Meagher, BS '06, graduated from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, located in Bethesda, Md., on May 15, 2010, with his doctorate of medicine. USUHS is the only federally funded post-graduate school, providing MD, PhD, and GSN programs for students who serve on active-duty military status. He, his wife, Lindsay Spencer Meagher, BA '06, and their son Evan (18 months) will be moving from Maryland to San Antonio, where Sean will begin his pediatrics residency in July and serve as a captain in the United States Air Force.


Joy Seydel, MS '07, is a veterans service representative for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Des Moines, Iowa. Contact at Joy_Seydel@


Juan Enriquez, BS '08, married Brandie Mendez, BS '07, in Yorktown, Texas. The couple will reside in Kingsville, Texas. Juan is currently the crime scene technician for the Kingsville Police Department, and Brandie is working on her master's in biology at Texas A&M at Kingsville.


Hannah Marie Starkey, BA '10, and Benjamin Forrest Smith, BS '10, were married June 5 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Victoria, Texas. The bride will begin medical school at University of Texas-Houston and the groom will begin law school at the University of Houston in the fall. The couple will reside in Houston.

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